Dark Hedges pedestrian plan
Thursday, 26 January 2017
THE CHAIRMAN of the Dark Hedges Preservation Trust has said that he will be "giving serious consideration" to Transport NI proposals to ban all but agricultural traffic from the road where the iconic trees are situated. The proposals, put out to consultation last week, would also see buses and coaches banned from two nearby back roads.
Trust Chair, Mervyn Storey, said: "I will be giving serious consideration to these proposals, something has to be done to preserve the road. The traffic is currently unmanageable and there has to be a traffic solution, some people are abandoning cars, parking buses, I have pictures of what the verges used to be like and what they are like now.
“The difficulty is how we balance the need to care for the trees with the needs of local residents and local farmers. It's not residents that are destroying the road. The trees are a victim of their own success. It's taken a long time and it would be good to get to an end point in terms of traffic management and I will respond to these proposals in due course."
Mr Storey said he valued the input of Causeway Coast and Glens Council in trying to get a solution, adding that a number of very useful meetings had taken place over the last few weeks.
Until a few short years ago the iconic beech trees were one of North Antrim's well kept secrets.
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